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Monday mornings..

Monday mornings are never really the best but this morning was a different matter. For some reason there was an extra brightness in the sky and the air was smelling just that little bit sweeter. Does this mean spring is on the way?
I damn well hope so, I’m fed up with the cold and miserable weather, I need some sun and a bit of warmth through my veins.

This extra feeling carried all the way to work where it just felt better, add this to the fact that some of the pressure of a big contract has lifted I could be in for a bit of time to myself. Who knows I might even be able to get back on [[Xbox_Live]] soon or even work on some unfinished prjects.

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easyMobile

easyMobile.com - the discount mobilephoneco backed by no frills airline entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou - has taken off at last.
And as reported, the cost of UK calls is 9p a minute while texts cost 3p. However, this is only a limited offer and from June, those charges will revert to 15p and 5p respectively.

“We are very pleased to launch our service in the UK, and I fully believe British consumers will be thrilled to be pioneers as customers of easyMobile.com,” said easyMobile chief exec Frank Rasmussen.

However, Stelios used today’s announcement to take a pop shot at mobile operator Orange, which is suing EasyGroup to stop it using the colour orange in its branding for the new service. Orange reckons easyMobile’s logo and colour, both orange, are likely to confuse customers.
Speaking today Stelios said: “I think that is why Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd, the competitor owned by the France Telecom, is running so scared that they decided to take us to court over a spurious claim that we cannot use the colour orange.

"I have been using this colour for ten years and I will not stop using it now for anyone. Let the battle commence.”

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Xbox2 specs leaked (?)

Microsoft’s second version of its [[Xbox]] console will feature a CPU with PowerPC cores, according to GameSpy, which claims to have scooped the specifications.

I heard rumours of a PowerPC chip behind this machine many moons ago but decided not to believe the hype until confirmed. I’m still not convinced this is a 100% water proof M$ approved spec sheet so here’s to still holding your breath.

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Gran Turismo 4

Today was the release of Gran Turismo 4 for the PlayStation2. I recieved my copy as usual and as of yet I’m undecided about the game. By far Polyphony have spent their time on the look and feel of the game but this whole photo gallery idea instead of some good network play seems a bit strange. True you can play a nice lan battle but with [[Xbox]] running away with the [[Live]] scene you would have thought it best to try and tackle the online market.
Apart from that this game is really polished, I had forgotten what it was like to play a real driving simulator for a long time.

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Beer is not fattening - it's official!

Today the register announced the following:

Those of us who like a few pints already know that beer fights cancer and is an absolute life-saver in an avalanche emergency situation, but what about the apparently proven effect of ale on the old waistline, eh?
After all, anyone who has ever been on a package holiday to the Spanish costas can attest to the terrifying expansion of the British male’s belly in response to a few hundred gallons of San Miguel…
Or maybe not. A new campaign by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), as reported on the BBC, highlights the most satisfying fact that beer in reality has less calories than wine, milk or orange juice - 41, 77, 64 and 42 per cent per 100ml, respectively.
What actually causes the beer belly is the overwhelming desire to partake of an enormous kebab or plate of curry after a particularly robust session, the BBPA says. This is true, although the BBPA is not taking in account something else all beer-drinkers know: that doner kebabs combat male pattern baldness and curry increases attractiveness to the opposite sex.
Which is why people who prefer wine are invariably bald and single - despite having a waistline like Calista Flockhart.

What can you say to this, without doubt this is going to be some of the best news this week!

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XHTML + CSS

Many moons ago I started looking into web sites and the languages behind them. Not being qualified or anything like that and only looking into this as a hobby I decided to try and teach myself [[HTML]]. Now I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet but it seemed to be going quite well. I created quite a few sites and the whole process really got me thinking. I then moved onto learning a bit of [[php]] and some basic [[MySQL]], finally moving into [[Flash]] and some simple ActionScript
Well i took a break from it all and have come back only to find the standards have moved and there is a new code on the block. I’m not the sort of person to shy away so I decided the other day to start afresh and relearn the basics. So with plenty of resources, coffee and the odd Stella I’m ready to tackle [[XHTML]] and [[CSS]]!

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Metal Gear 3

Today was the UK release of Metal Solid 3: Snake Eater for the PlayStation2. Whilst I have aready been playing this through the use of a US copy and PS2 I think I will purchase the UK version. Rumours are there are more extras on the UK copy, a few more ‘Snake Vs. Monkey’ levels and the game setting of 'Extreme’

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New iPod Line Up

Apple today announced a change to the iPod line up. A new second generation Mini is available, now in 6gb formats. Also joining are the new iPod Shuffle machines, available in 512mb and 1gb capacities. Prices on the 4gb Mini have dropped to bring the new 6gb version in where the now older 4gb version sat. The Photo version has also been upgraded to a whopping 60gb! with standard versions still sitting at 20gb. The U2 limtied edition version is still available. Current line up is:

  • Shuffle - 512mb, 1gb.
  • Mini - 4gb, 6gb
  • Standard - 20gb
  • U2 version - 20gb
  • Photo - 30gb, 60gb
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